Meditation and Prayer Journey – Psalm 74


Psalm 74

Scripture

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A skillful song, or a didactic or reflective poem, of Asaph.

1O GOD, why do You cast us off forever? Why does Your anger burn and smoke against the sheep of Your pasture?2[Earnestly] remember Your congregation which You have acquired of old, which You have redeemed to be the tribe of Your heritage; remember Mount Zion, where You have dwelt.

3Direct Your feet [quickly] to the perpetual ruins and desolations; the foe has devastated and desecrated everything in the sanctuary.

4In the midst of Your Holy Place Your enemies have roared [with their battle cry]; they set up their own [idol] emblems for signs [of victory].

5They seemed like men who lifted up axes upon a thicket of trees to make themselves a record.

6And then all the carved wood of the Holy Place they broke down with hatchets and hammers.

7They have set Your sanctuary on fire; they have profaned the dwelling place of Your [a]Name by casting it to the ground.

8They said in their hearts, Let us make havoc [of such places] altogether. They have burned up all God’s meetinghouses in the land.

9We do not see our symbols; there is no longer any prophet, neither does any among us know for how long.

10O God, how long is the adversary to scoff and reproach? Is the enemy to blaspheme and revile Your name forever?

11Why do You hold back Your hand, even Your right hand? Draw it out of Your bosom and consume them [make an end of them]!

12Yet God is my King of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth.

13You did divide the [Red] Sea by Your might; You broke the heads of the [Egyptian] dragons in the waters.(A)

14You crushed the heads of Leviathan (Egypt); You did give him as food for the creatures inhabiting the wilderness.

15You did cleave open [the rock bringing forth] fountains and streams; You dried up mighty, ever-flowing rivers (the Jordan).(B)

16The day is Yours, the night also is Yours; You have established the [starry] light and the sun.

17You have fixed all the borders of the earth [the divisions of land and sea and of the nations]; You have made summer and winter. [Acts17:26.]

18[Earnestly] remember how the enemy has scoffed, O Lord, and reproached You, and how a foolish and impious people has blasphemed Your name.

19Oh, do not deliver the life of your turtledove to the wild beast (to the greedy multitude); forget not the life [of the multitude] of Your poor forever.

20Have regard for the covenant [You made with Abraham], for the dark places of the land are full of the habitations of violence.

21Oh, let not the downtrodden return in shame; let the oppressed and needy praise Your name.

22Arise, O God, plead Your own cause; remember [earnestly] how the foolish and impious man scoffs and reproaches You day after day and all day long.

23Do not forget the [clamoring] voices of Your adversaries, the tumult of those who rise up against You, which ascends continually.


Related Scriptures:

There are a lot of related scriptures, take a look at some here (scroll to the bottom).

* NOTE: Other views expressed by those whose materials has been referenced here, do not necessarily reflect this author’s personal views.

Further Study

Dr. J. Vernon McGee (Psalms 73-75) (Skip to about 17:45 for the commentary on Psalm 74)

Multi Media

Psalm 74 (with text) – Dramatic Narration (sounds like it is read by Tony Evans)

Commentaries

David Guzik

Matthew Henry

Jamieson, Fausset & Brown

My Reflections

Not too much to find in regards to Psalm 74. Find that somewhat interesting. As I was reading through this, I had thoughts of what the young adults are starting at my church. It’s called “The Anthem” and they are bringing a new song to our city. Isn’t that what is being asked for here. They bad guys have taken over and destroyed everything. They’re a mean bunch. And this is a cry for help. In asking for help, remembrance of times when help came are recounted. When we take time to remember when help was given, it makes it much easier to keep moving forward in the midst of whatever is going on around us. After remembering just how powerful and how much God has done, there is a cry for deliverance.

I think the thing that I take from this is to always take time to remember what God HAS done. If you are in this situation and you can’t remember anything God has done for you, then just get this Psalm out and read versus 12-17. After reading that, everything else is just a small job for God. Remembering will help keep faith and hope alive, when it seems like there is nothing left and no one to listen or take action.

Nothing is Impossible – He’s My Healer!!!

Prayer

Lord, when we look around us today, we see so much destruction, so much negative and bad. Sometimes it seems as though you aren’t looking or aren’t seeing what it is that is happening here on earth. But Lord, we know all that you have done. You created everything. You have defeated many enemies. You have even sent your Son pay a debt we could not pay. You have overcome death. Nothing is impossible for you Lord. Nothing … small or big … NOTHING is impossible for you. Lord, we ask that you remember your people. That you reach done and make right the things that need to be made right. That you refresh our Spirit to keep moving forward, walking in faith, armed with hope, shielded with love. Everything from You and for You, Lord! Amen!

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